His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.
©2009 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House
Loved this book, one of my favorite Clancy works for sure. You just got to love a guy who fights for those who cannot fight for themselves. Clancy does a masterful job of developing this awesome character John Clark and it serves him well in many books to come. You learn what makes John tick and why he does the things he does. Michael Pritchard is good as the narrator but gets a bit monotone at times. I found it difficult to distinguish different characters sometimes because his voice doesn’t always vary with that character change. Other than that, a steal at only one credit!
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
how even when Kelly is super scary, he stands up for women rights, Sandy had gotten into a argument with a stubborn doctor who started to threaten her with violence, waving a fist at her when Kelly grabbed his hand and almost broke it, making the doctor apologize to Sandy.
One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Kelly does his first run with the Recon force, how he got very close to the flags and no one noticed it.
Who is John Clark? What did he do in the past? Why does he hate druggies so much? after a few novels with Jack Ryan and John Clark, Tom Clancy goes back and writes about how John Terrence Kelly former navy retired and happily married gets his whole world turned up side down. with his wife dead and with a potential new girlfriend killed, you have to ask, how does a man trained to kill get even. I find some of the things he can do scary. and yet while in the middle of getting his revenge with a drug ring the US CIA have need of his talents to help save some POW who are claimed to be dead. I love this unique book of this style. it may not be how the navy seals work but its close enough in my mind to make someone try to stay on his good side.
The story line is extremely violent. There are evil characters, involved in the drug trade. The hero picks up one of their victims, and becomes involved as he learns of their evil doings; then goes on a murder rampage. The first 6 men he kills are minor characters, unrelated to his major goal. The author claims this is "camouflage"; but it amounts to the "hero" taking law into his own hands, and murdering people for less than capital crime behavior.
A second theme is the Vietnam war; and the intrepid hero is called in for a major plan (which does not succeed). The author takes a totally hawkish stance in this war, and turns people interested in seeing the war end into treasonous villains. Between these themes, the novel becomes nauseating.
While the reading is done well, the recording is extremely poor. One can hardly hear any sibilants; it is almost as if the reader is lisping.
I have read Tom Clancy for years and was excited to see my favorite book in audio. The story is one that really draws you in, but the narrator could use more depth.
I had never read a Tom Clancy novel and for such a long book and with it taking place many years ago, I loved it. Typically I am not a fan of older novels that arent remotely relative to me but this was great. I loved the military aspect and the vindication in the story.
Great book. This it where it all starts. I found the Clancy books to be just that much better if read in chronological order vs published order. It really draws you in to the whole series. Start here and run through them all, you won't regret it.
One of my favorite Clancy books where Mr. Kelly becomes Mr. Clark. Clancy divides his time between the mean streets of Baltimore and the jungles of North Vietnam.
i love the john clark character more than any other in the series. this gives some background and reasons for his knowledge and skill, as well as being a great stand alone story.
Story more then makes up for it and Prichard (who reads other Ryan books) does not disappoint. Only issue is that it seems that he was forced to read this into a paper cup rather then a good mic.
Story did not disappoint so don't hesitate to buy...
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